American Federation for
Medical Research

Midwestern Regional 2011
April 14-15, 2011
Chicago, Illinois

Eastern Regional 2011
April 26-27, 2011
Washington, DC

ACRT/AFMR/SCTS Joint Annual Meeting
April 27-29, 2011
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, DC

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Biology 2011?

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Translational Research

April 9-13, 2011
Washington, DC

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News from the Eastern Region
Robert J. Freishtat After 2 years as the Chair of the Eastern Region of the AFMR, this is my last regional update. I am so proud of our regional leadership and members for what we’ve accomplished, bringing our region back to national prominence.
   Robert J. Freishtat, MD, MPH
   Leticia M. Ryan, MD
   Ravikumar Balasubramanian, MD PhD
   Rojelio Mejia, MD
   MingMing Ning, MD
   Allison B. Reiss, MD
   Peter H. Wiernik, MD
I'm excited to turn over the reins of our reinvigorated and rapidly growing region to the incoming Chair, Ravi Balasubramanian, MD from Boston, MA. I want to thank Ravi and Tish Ryan, MD, our Secretary-Treasurer, and the other regional councilors for their great enthusiasm and ideas these past two years. I know our region is going to continue to flourish under their leadership. I want to encourage all of our members to become active in our region - there is still much to do regionally and nationally.
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Public Policy
The AFMR has taken recent steps toward advancing its public policy agenda by partnering with FASEB and with Research!America. Here are a few:

   FASEB provided comments to the Department of Health and Human Services on proposed changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule.
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   The AFMR identified priorities for future investment in biomedical research that were forwarded to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy by FASEB.
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   Congress has recessed without passing the FY2011 funding bills for NIH and other
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Journal of Investigative Medicine
JIM The Journal of Investigative Medicine publishes work of broad interest to academic physicians and research scientists in areas pertaining to clinical and biomedical research.

Publications Upcoming in Issue #5:
EB symposium manuscripts
A collection of manuscripts summarizing the topics of the presentations at the AFMR EB symposium entitled "Translating Your Ideas: Drug Development, Intellectual Property and the State of Academic-University Relations". The manuscripts from this symposium detail pathways and problems that surround the process of translating scientific ideas and discoveries into beneficial.
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Introduction to Statistical Genetics Workshop
Data Mining: Functional Statistical Genetics & Bioinformatics - Laura Kelly Vaughan, PhD
Design and Analysis of Genome-Wide Association Studies - Tasha E. Fingerlin, PhD
Introduction to Epigenetics/Epigenomics - Xiangqin Cui, PhD
Pathway Analysis Hypothesis - David B. Allison, PhD

2011 AFMR Award Recipients
Outstanding Investigator
Vance G. Fowler, Jr., MD, MHS
Vance G. Fowler, Jr., MD, MHS
Associate Professor with Tenure
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, North Carolina
Junior Physician Investigator
Carmella Evans-Molina, MD, PhD
Carmella Evans-Molina, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, Indiana

Ten reasons to visit the AFMR website
  1. Submit an abstract to your AFMR Regional Meeting.
  2. Learn about and influence important public policy issues.
  3. Apply for a Research Day Award to be presented at your institution’s college or departmental research day.
  4. Obtain information regarding career development, research and training opportunities, funding sources, and grant development at AFMR Career Connections.
  5. Submit a proposal for a symposium at the 2012 Experimental Biology meeting.

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